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The Weekend Australian - Review - - Tv - Graeme Blun­dell

CUT­TING Edge ( Tues­day, 8.30pm, SBS) presents the twopart Is­raeli doc­u­men­tary Years of Blood in one show­ing, bro­ken by World News Aus­tralia, tak­ing us across the bloody ter­rain of the Mid­dle East dur­ing the past six years. This com­pelling work pro­vides a dis­turbingly graphic view of re­al­ity for Is­raelis and Pales­tini­ans. Speak­ing with politi­cians, de­ci­sion- mak­ers and lead­ing mil­i­tary play­ers, Emmy award- win­ning di­rec­tor Dan Set­ton goes be­hind closed doors into pol­icy- mak­ing are­nas. There’s also grim footage of vi­o­lent at­tacks as well as army in­cur­sions. It is fol­lowed by Hot Docs: Ba­hais in My Back­yard ( Tues­day, 11pm, SBS), a lighter in­ves­ti­ga­tion of the seem­ingly feel- good Ba­hai re­li­gion and its role in world pol­i­tics. Robert Green­wald’s latest con­tentious doc­u­men­tary, Un­con­sti­tu­tional ( Thurs­day, 1pm, SBS), fea­tures the ac­claimed di­rec­tor’s ex­am­i­na­tion of the US Pa­triot Act and the way it has in­fringed civil lib­er­ties. Green­wald re­veals how para­noia and fear have eroded Amer­i­can democ­racy with­out strength­en­ing na­tional se­cu­rity. Scared out of your wits? Then es­cape into part two of Gamer Revo­lu­tion ( Thurs­day, 9.25, ABC), a progress re­port from the front line of dig­i­tal trans­for­ma­tion and the vir­tual world of on­line games. As the power of games grows, they have be­gun to colonise our lives, it seems, ap­proach­ing the fi­nal fron­tier: sex. In the world of on­line sex games, ev­ery­one is a su­per­hero.

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